A pair of profiles of Mr & Mrs Bell
A pair of profiles of Mr & Mrs Bell
A pair of profiles of Mr & Mrs Bell
A pair of profiles of Mr & Mrs Bell

EDWARD FOSTER OF LONDON (worked c.1762-1864)

A pair of profiles of Mr & Mrs Bell

1815 United Kingdom

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set in the original gilt-mounted rectangular papier-mâché frame with grape ring suspension.

Foster joined the Derbyshire Militia as an ensign. Later he volunteered for service with the infantry of the line, and was given a lieutenancy in the 20th Regiment of Foot (the Lancashire Fusiliers). His initial spell of active service was spent, under the command of General Cornwallis, in America during the final phase of the War of American Independence. He later saw extensive foreign service, accompanying the same regiment to Holland in 1799 under the Duke of York, and afterwards proceeding to Egypt. There his regiment formed part of General Sir Ralph Abercromby's army, whose task was to help drive the French out of Egypt. These operations culminated in the battle of Alexandria (1801), in which Sir Ralph was killed. His service abroad cost Foster some injury to his health, for he developed a severe eye infection, due either to the Egyptian climate or to the effect of sand particles. He was therefore posted home, in charge of a party of 104 wounded men. After his eye had recovered somewhat, he was ordered to Walmer at the period when a landing on our shores by Napoleon's troops was expected at any time. Nelson frequently visited Deal during these days, and often dined at table with young Lieutenant Foster. On 21 October 1805. the day of the Battle of Trafalgar, Edward Foster retired from the army at the age of forty-seven, having served since 1780.

Foster, then, was no longer a young man when he left the army. Having always been a good amateur painter, he then put his talents to commercial use. He no doubt painted profiles of officers whilst he was in the army.

These "red" profiles, so known because of the colour of the faces, are in very good condition Although it is not known what Mr. Bell's profession was the presence of grapes on the frame may indicate he was a wine merchant or possibly even involved in the spirit industry. It could be argued that he is Arthur Bell who started the famous whisky company in Perth.
Freddie Joachim Sale Christie's, May 1995
Height 9.20 cm (3.62 inches)
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painted on card and finally embellished with gold and white paint
both signed under the bust
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